WASHINGTON—Representative Eliot L. Engel, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, today made the following statement regarding the President’s signing into law the United States-Caribbean Strategic Engagement Act (H.R. 4939), which he authored:

“I’m grateful to the President for signing a law I authored with Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida aimed at strengthening U.S. engagement in the Caribbean.  With so many pressing issues around the globe, it’s important that we not lose sight of what’s going on with some of our closest neighbors.  This law will require a new, long-term strategy to make sure we’re working closely with Caribbean countries on a range of shared concerns.  As this strategy is developed, I will work to ensure it reflects the input of the rich Caribbean diaspora community in the United States.”